The U.S. Hockey Team's Cinderella Story Continues at Mark Johnson's Wedding

UPDATED 07/28/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 07/28/1980 at 01:00 AM EDT

At 89° it sure wasn't hockey weather in Madison, Wis., and a white cutaway was hardly more comfortable than pads and jersey. But two weeks ago, when Mark Johnson, 22, married his high school sweetheart, Leslie Ann Schorr, also 22, the old team spirit brought 12 of his buddies on the U.S. hockey team together for the first time since their stunning victory at the Winter Olympics last February.

They were different now—blooded on the talk show, commercial endorsement and pro hockey circuits—but they seemed to check their new sophistication at the door. When Mark and Leslie kissed, after promising to "share our victories and overcome our defeats," there was loud applause. The officiating minister at Bethel Lutheran Church, the Rev. Robert Borgwardt, complimented the 700 guests for turning out "not only in moments of public triumph but also in quiet moments of dedication." Then it was time for a beery celebration at Blackhawk Country Club, where gold medal speed skater Eric Heiden was welcomed as a boyhood friend of the groom.

These young men's lives had of course changed. The best evidence was the vigilant presence of Art Kaminsky, agent-attorney for Heiden and the hockey team, who warned his clients to stow their beer bottles while being photographed to avoid giving free plugs. But as Mark, who has a three-year, $250,000 contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins, and Leslie, a University of Pittsburgh junior, left for a honeymoon in Lake Tahoe. Johnson's Olympic teammate Mike Eruzione acknowledged an unjaded belief in the Cinderella story: "I think this is the most exciting thing that has happened to me since Lake Placid."

Your Reaction

Follow Us

On Newsstands Now

Inside Kate's Life as a Princess Mom
  • Inside Kate's Life as a Princess Mom
  • A Duggar Engaged
  • Amanda Bynes: The Truth About Her Condition

Pick up your copy on newsstands

Click here for instant access to the Digital Magazine


From Our Partners

Watch It

Editors' Picks

From Our Partners

Sign up for our daily newsletter and other special offers.
    Choose your newsletters
Thank you for signing up! Your request may take up to one week to be processed.
    see all newsletters